Hello Everyone,I have been grappling with the issue of bringing technology into my Chumash class for quite some time. I teach high school history and over the last few years, I have begun teaching…Continue
Hi! I wanted to share a great link I happened to come across. As a high school history and government teacher, I spend an extensive time covering the presidential elections. I think this comic story…Continue
I was very excited to be introduced to a new tool that I can use in my histroy classroom: Google Earth. I always knew about Google Earth, and I have used it countless times just for fun or entertainment, looking for my house, familiar or famous landmarks and the like. However, as I was reading about how to use it in the classroom, I realized it can be a very exciting educational tool as well, especially for me as a history teacher. When learning about the Palace of Versailles, I could have…Continue
I recently used a wiki for the first time in my AP US Government class and it was definitely a positive experience. I am in the middle of a lesson on Congress and one of the topics is "How a Bill Becomes a Law", which involves several steps. As I was introduced to the idea of a wiki, I decided to try it out with this topic.
I gave each of my students several handouts outline the steps for how a bill becomes a law. I then created a googledoc and titled it "How a Bill Becomes a Law." I…Continue
Today I was introduced to Second Life, a world of virtual reality and hundreds of destinations one can choose to explore. I know that these destinations could be used as educational tools and I'm sure I can think of ways to incorporate them, but frankly I was quite repulsed from what I saw on Second Life. To me, it seemed to be a place that is used by most people to waste time and enter into a world of make-believe, an escape of some sort where people dream up their ideal look and…Continue
Every week, I am introduced to new tools that open up new avenues for me as an educator. This week, I discovered a remarkable way to have my students tell the stories we learn about through digital storybooking online. I already have several ideas of assignments that I would like to give my students. For example, in my 9th grade history class, we are about to learn about the French Revolution, and at the end of the unit, I require my students to make a timeline of 10 important…Continue